Graphic novel fans, come meet Eisner Award-nominated and New York Times bestselling writer Marika McCoola and debut illustrator Aatmaja Pandya, as they discuss their new young adult graphic novel, SLIP. McCoola and Pandya have crafted a nuanced story about the many ways art can change us forever. SLIP brings to life both the excitement and heartbreak of being a teenager and the fleeting and beautiful feeling that one summer can hold dozens of exhilarating possibilities. It captures both the magic and anguish of growing older and the catharsis that creating art can bring. During the event, McCoola and Pandya will discuss their book, followed by a drawing demo and signing. Register to attend the free event below.
For the safety of the author, illustrator, and all attendees, face masks are required to be worn by attendees and staff during this event.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From Eisner-Award nominated writer Marika McCoola and debut artist Aatmaja Pandya, an emotional coming-of-age graphic novel for fans of Bloom and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me.
Right before Jade is about to leave for a summer art intensive, her best friend, Phoebe, attempts suicide. How is Jade supposed to focus on herself right now?
But at the Art Farm, Jade has artistic opportunities she’s been waiting for her whole life. And as she gets to know her classmates, she begins to fall for whimsical, upbeat, comfortable-in-her-own-skin Mary. Jade pours herself into making ceramic monsters that vent her stress and insecurities, but when she puts her creatures in the kiln, something unreal happens: they come to life. And they’re taking a stand: if Jade won’t confront her problems, her problems are going to confront her, including the scariest of them all—if Jade grows, prospers, and even falls in love this summer, is she leaving Phoebe behind?
ABOUT THE CREATORS:
Marika McCoola is a writer, illustrator, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of Baba Yaga's Assistant. She has spent over a decade working to connect books with readers. She studied illustration, art history, creative writing, and ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and received her BFA in illustration in 2009.
Aatmaja Pandya is a cartoonist and illustrator born and raised in New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 and has been illustrating professionally ever since. Slip is her first graphic novel.
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